The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.
In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price for a town where only one person lives. This got me thinking – how many towns, villages, valleys and islands…
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
The final year of school in every country comes with many ceremonies and traditions. In Canada, one of those traditions is to celebrate the supremacy of your graduating class over all others by spray painting your ‘grad’ year over anything and everything.
Friday, 16th September 2011
The Palliser Triangle is the driest part of the Canadian Prairies, constituting southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Settled at the turn of the 20th century by farmers and ranchers, dozens of tiny villages sprung up to support them. While modern farming techniques have helped mitigate the hard times, the exodus of people from the Triangle has been steady for the past few decades, leaving numerous ghost towns listing in the wind.
Tuesday, 14th June 2011
Here at Google Sightseeing we’re absolutely fascinated with the more unusual names that places have been given. There’s so much choice in this field that today we’re able to bring you another post about creative place names – but this…
Friday, 21st January 2011
It may be hard to believe, but the Earth is struck with more space debris (meteors, comets, etc) than the moon. To be fair, our planet is much bigger, but from above, doesn’t look as scarred as the surface of…
Thursday, 11th November 2010
Previously on Google Sightseeing
Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…
Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…